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Shanghai International Studies University, SISU was founded in December 1949. It is the first higher foreign language institution established after the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is one of the birthplaces of foreign language education in New China. It is directly under the Ministry of Education and jointly established with Shanghai. Entered into the national key university of "211 Project" and "Double First-Class" construction.


SISU adheres to the school motto of "High-level ambitions, academic excellence at home and abroad" and the school-running philosophy of "interpreting the world and achieving the future", and runs the school with "serving the development of the country, the all-round growth of people, the progress of the society, and the cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries". The mission is to build a world-class foreign language university with distinctive characteristics in the field of the global knowledge in different countries and regions.


Historical heritage

Shanghai International Studies University is the same age as New China. Its predecessor was the Shanghai Russian School attached to the East China People's Revolutionary University. The first president was Jiang Chunfang, a famous Russian translator, publisher, and founder of the Chinese Encyclopedia business. After passing through the inheritance and reformation of the foreign language school attached to the East China People's Revolutionary University, the Shanghai Russian Language School, and the Shanghai International Studies University, it was listed as a national key university of the Ministry of Education in 1963. Approved by the Ministry of Education in 1985, the English school name of the school was determined as "Shanghai International Studies University" (abbreviated as "SISU"), and was officially renamed "Shanghai International Studies University" in 1994.


Scholarly Hanmo, Peach and Plum Fragrant, Gu Xingqing, Ling Dayang, Li Jiaxiang, Xia Zhongyi, Fang Chong, Xu Zhongnian, Wang Yansheng, Wang Jiyu, Xu Tianfu, Lin Dingsheng, Yan Qingxi, Yan Disheng, Yang Shoulin, Yue Yanglie, Yao Fan, Zhou Tuimi, Qi Zhusheng, Qian Weifan, Lu Peixian, Pu Yunnan, Zhang Zhenbang, Xu Baikang, Yang Xiaoshi, Xue Fankang, Li Guanyi, Wang Hong, Qi Yucun, Hu Menghao, Gu Bolin, Wang Dechun, Xu Xianxu, Yu Kuangfu, Hou Weirui, Xie Tianzhen and many other outstanding masters gathered here to coach. Scholarship has created and enriched the humanistic tradition of SISU.


School advantages

Since its establishment, Shanghai International Studies University has always maintained its leading discipline advantages and high-level teaching quality. It is the only university of its kind in the country that has three first-level disciplines (foreign language and literature, political science, business administration) doctoral degree authorization point The universities and post-doctoral research mobile stations rank among the top in China in international indicators such as the QS World University Rankings, and have been awarded A+ (foreign language and literature) in the evaluation of the Ministry of Education, and tied for the first place in the country.


SISU is committed to advancing the construction of a "strategic language" to provide the most urgently needed key talent pool for the development of the country and localities and the promotion of cultural exchanges and mutual learning. The number of teaching languages ​​in SISU has reached 49, including Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Korean-Korean, Persian, Thai, and Vietnamese, Indonesian, Swedish, Dutch, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Turkish, Hindi, Hungarian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Polish, Czech, Swahili, Serbian, Romanian Language, Tajik, Belarusian, Urdu, Pashto, Malay, Javanese, Sundanese, Chinese and other 37 modern languages, and open Latin, ancient Greek, Esperanto, Sanskrit, Old English, Classical Syriac, Pahlavi, Classical Nahuatl, Akkadian, Sumerian, Classical Hebrew, Ottoman Turkish and other 12 classical languages ​​and international auxiliary language courses.


At present, SISU has fully formed a disciplined pattern with its expertise in language and literature disciplines, and coordinated development of literature, education, economics, management, law and other disciplines. It is diversified at the same time and has distinctive characteristics. SISU currently has 3 national key disciplines (English Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature [Cultivation]), 1 national non-universal language undergraduate talent training base (Western European population), and 10 national characteristics Professional construction sites and 21 national-level first-class undergraduate professional construction sites, foreign language and literature are included in the national "double first-class" construction discipline list, foreign language and literature, political science, applied economics, education, journalism, communication, business administration, etc. 6 Disciplines are listed as first-class disciplines in Shanghai universities (including foreign language and literature as Category A).


SISU is a university that has signed the United Nations Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation and a member of the International Federation of Universities and Colleges of Translation (CIUTI). It has Asia's leading high-level translation school. It has established all six official language pairs of the United Nations and has won the award of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). ) The highest rating in the world. It is the only professional conference interpreting school in China among the top 15 in the world, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. English and Chinese rank first in the world.


Talent development

The talent training system of SISU is complete. There are 53 undergraduate majors, covering 12 undergraduate majors, including 34 language majors and 19 non-language majors; 7 first-level disciplines for master's degree authorization: foreign language and literature , Politics, Applied Economics, Pedagogy, Chinese Language and Literature, Journalism and Communication, Business Administration, there are 42 second-level disciplines for master's degree authorization; 7 master's professional degree authorization points: Master of Business Administration, Master of Translation, Chinese Master of International Education, Master of Finance, Master of Laws, Master of International Business, Master of Journalism and Communication; 3 first-level disciplines for doctoral degree authorization: foreign language and literature, political science, business administration, and 22 second-level disciplines for doctoral authorization ; 3 mobile post-doctoral research stations: foreign language and literature, political science, business administration.


SISU actively serves the country's "One Belt, One Road" initiative and a major cultural "going out" strategy. It is the first to propose a "multilingual+" strategy for training excellent international talents, innovate the education model, improve the level of education with content construction, and make every effort to be able to participate in the world. Generalists in business affairs and professionals familiar with countries, regions and fields, promote outstanding foreign language talents, multilingual high-end translators, multilingual international news and communication talents, innovative talents in business management without borders, international innovative talents in applied economics, foreign-related legal talents, Cultivation of talents in international organizations.


SISU has successively established a joint school system with Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CBN Media (CBN), Shanghai Foreign Language Channel (ICS), etc., and the executive director Triangle College Credit Mutual Recognition Program. SISU cooperated with the British FutureLearn platform to carry out the exploration and practice of "MOOC", to promote the deep integration of information technology and teaching practice, and to promote the innovation of educational concepts.


Excellence in research

Based on the comprehensive advantages of multilingual, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural, SISU actively connects with national and local strategies, continuously inherits and highlights the traditional characteristics of foreign languages ​​and literature, and relies on the new academic growth point of political science, gathers high-end research teams at home and abroad, and builds collaboratively and innovatively. Academic think tanks in universities enjoy a high academic status in the fields of language and literature, international relations, global communication, and regional country studies.


SISU currently has 1 Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Base/Shanghai University Think Tank (Middle East Institute), 1 National Language Working Committee Research Base/National Language Think Tank (China Foreign Language Strategic Research Center), and 1 Shanghai -Level key research bases (Global Governance and Regional Country Research Institute), 2 research bases jointly built by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (China-Arab States Reform and Development Research Center, China-Japan-Korea Cooperative Research Center), 3 Ministry of Education regional and national research bases ( European Union Research Center, Russian Research Center, British Research Center), 20 national and regional research centers of the Ministry of Education (for the record), 2 Chinese-foreign humanities exchange research bases of the International Department of the Ministry of Education (Sino-British humanities exchange research base, Sino-German humanities exchange research base) Research Base), 1 Joint Base of Education Management Information Center of the Ministry of Education (International Comparative Research Center for Education Informatization), 2 Key Research Bases of Humanities and Social Sciences in Shanghai Universities (G20 Research Center, Shanghai English Education and Teaching Research Base ), two Shanghai social science innovation research bases (a comparative research base of Chinese and foreign cultural soft power, a regional country research base from the perspective of the language and cultural circle), and a foreign cultural policy research base jointly established with the Shanghai Municipal People's Government Development Research Center, It is a sub-center unit of the Shanghai Social Investigation and Research Center.


The more than 100 research institutions and academic groups of SISU have built global governance and regional country studies as the core to build a close integration of government, industry, university, research and application results application channels, and provide intellectual support for national ministries and local governments to formulate and implement relevant policies. And several landmark scientific research results have emerged. Among them, the China-Arab Reform and Development Research Center initiated by General Secretary Xi Jinping has become an important ideological platform for China and Arab countries to exchange experience in reform and opening up and governance. Five institutions including SISU Middle East Research Institute, China International Public Opinion Research Center, China Foreign Language Strategy Research Center, British Research Center and Silk Road Strategic Research Institute were selected as "CTTI Source Think Tanks". SISU has gradually established research venues for eye movement, EEG, and corpus technology, and established an interdisciplinary joint laboratory for interpretation and translation with iFlytek to promote the interdisciplinary research of linguistics, management, computer science and cognitive neuroscience, and promote artificial Frontier exploration of intelligence and natural language processing research.


SISU edited and published "Foreign Languages ​​(Journal of Shanghai International Studies University)", "Foreign Languages", "Foreign Language Teaching", "Chinese Comparative Literature", "International Observation", "British and American Literature Studies", "Arab World Studies", "Asian Middle East and Islamic Studies" English)" "China International Review (English)", "Eastern Translation", "Research on Interpretation and Translation (English)", "Foreign Language Testing and Teaching", "Language Policy and Language Education", "Chinese French Specialty Teaching Research", "New Silk Road Journal", and "corpus Research Frontiers", "English Education and Teaching Research", "Language Teaching for Young Learners (English)" and other 18 academic journals, of which 7 are selected as the source journals and collections of the Chinese Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI), and 4 English journals are in It is issued overseas and enjoys a high reputation in academia. SISU has continuously promoted the overseas publication of Chinese academic journals and the foreign translation and dissemination of Chinese academic masterpieces, striving to enhance academic influence and international discourse power, and promote the prosperity and development of Chinese philosophy and social sciences.


International perspective

Shanghai International Studies University is one of the first universities in New China to carry out foreign exchanges. At the beginning of the establishment of the school, foreign experts were working in the school. SISU regards international education as its core development strategy. It has established cooperative relations with nearly 440 universities, cultural, educational and scientific research institutions and international organizations in 62 countries and regions. The universities that have signed the cooperation framework agreement with the Committee and the European Parliament have successively joined international academic alliances such as the International Alliance for Asian-African Studies, the Sino-British Higher Education Humanities Alliance, the Sino-Russian Comprehensive University Alliance, and the Sino-Japanese Humanities Exchange University Alliance.


SISU encourages young students to look around the world, grow up in a multicultural environment, and fully absorb the outstanding achievements and advanced experience of world higher education. The proportion of undergraduates going abroad (overseas) to study abroad is as high as 45% (2018). Every year, more than a thousand undergraduates and postgraduates are funded by the China Scholarship Council to send them abroad to conduct academic exchanges or study cooperative degrees. . SISU has implemented the "Foreign Experts Introducing Talents" program to actively build an international faculty team and promote international scientific research cooperation. More than 90% of the teachers have overseas (foreign) learning experience, and there are more than 340 foreign experts in the school.


Relying on long-term teaching practice and research, SISU compiles and publishes various teaching materials for Chinese as a foreign language. Every year, about 4000 international students from all over the world come to SISU to learn Chinese and related degree courses, which ranks among the top in the country. SISU has established partnerships with Oriental University of Naples, Italy, Osaka Sangyo University of Japan, Catholic University of Peru, Szeged University in Hungary, Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain, Hassan II University of Casablanca in Morocco, Samarkand National Institute of Foreign Languages ​​in Uzbekistan, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. , The City University of New York, and the Aristotle University of Greece jointly opened 10 Confucius Institutes, and opened an education center in Mexico, covering Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, dedicated to promoting Chinese culture and communicating the world civilization.


Social service

For a long time, Shanghai International Studies University has taken the leadership and promotion of China's foreign language education reform and development as its own responsibility and has always paid attention to the popularization of academics and the dissemination of knowledge. As one of the largest and most authoritative foreign language publishing bases in China, Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press (Foreign Education Press) is a national first-level publishing house. It has published more than 10,000 books, textbooks and electronic publications in more than 40 languages. There are more than 1 billion copies, and the reprint rate is over 70%. In the National Chinese Academic Book Citation Index (CBKCI), the number of book types included in the foreign education agency has repeatedly ranked first in foreign languages ​​and literature and has a wide range of social influences. Shanghai Foreign Languages ​​Audiovisual Publishing House/Shanghai Foreign Languages ​​Electronic Publishing House is the first professional foreign audiovisual electronic publishing company in China. Its "Love the Future" brand is well-known at home and abroad, and is loved by the majority of foreign language learners.


SISU is a special project of the Ministry of Education for university network culture construction and the first batch of pilot units of education and media integration. In 2014, it was the first to open a multilingual foreign language portal group among universities across the country to tell Chinese stories in multiple languages, use the Internet to spread Chinese voices, and create innovative constructions. The online education platform has promoted China's higher education to "go global," and has achieved remarkable results in overseas dissemination, and has received special written approval from national leaders. In addition, SISU teachers and students often appear in various high-end international conferences, sporting events, art exhibitions and other major foreign-related activities to promote volunteerism, give full play to their discipline expertise, and provide professional multilingual services.


Shanghai International Studies University actively promotes the "multilingual +" school-running strategy, strengthens the cultivation of talents for global governance, emphasizes "speaking of language, country, and field", and is committed to cultivating excellent ideological quality, profound Chinese and foreign cultural heritage, cross-cultural communication and outstanding professional capabilities, "Multilingual +" outstanding international talents with strong innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities.


Since the establishment of the school more than 70 years, the teachers and students of SISU have always served at the forefront of the country's opening to the outside world, with footprints all over the world, contributing to my country's diplomatic career, economic construction, cultural prosperity and social development, and to enhance the friendship between China and the people of other countries in the world. Friendship has contributed.


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